Thursday, January 26, 2023

And You ...

"In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,
buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
Colossians 2:5-7 (NKJV)

The word "and", is used as a conjunction, which means it is a way to connect two words.  A person could say that they did something, but by adding the word "and", along with another person, there is then the indication that both people were involved in that thing.  For example, someone could say, "I had a great day today", or they could say "I had a great day today, and so did Jim".  This second sentence shows that both of the people shared in the same experience and it was not something limited to the one person.

Christians know that Jesus died on the cross and that He rose from the dead, this is something that is a basic part of Christianity.  But what Christians don't always seem to understand is that how everything Jesus did, He did for us.  Jesus did not need to go to the cross for His own sin, Jesus bore the sin of the world.  Yes, Jesus conquered sin, rose from the dead, and defeated the devil, but as the Bible clearly shows us, we were included in everything Jesus did.

As Colossians 2:6 tells us, Jesus was raised from the dead, and you were too!  Jesus defeated the devil and sin, and you did too!  Everything Jesus did was credited to us, because Jesus suffered and died in our place, and by our faith in what Jesus did, we too partake of those benefits.  This is in no way trying to diminish Jesus and what He did, but this is to help us understand that we too were raised to a new life in Christ.  So, when you read about all of the great things that Jesus did, remember it is credited to you too!

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